Anton Goosen

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Anton Goosen
Born (1956-03-05) 5 March 1956 (age 61)
Genres Afrikaans Folk/Rock
Instruments Guitar and voice
Notable instruments

Anton Goosen (born 5 March 1946)[1] is a South African musician and songwriter. He became a pivotal figure in Afrikaans music and is generally regarded as the father of Afrikaans Rock.

Early Years[edit]

As a young boy in school, Goosen was not considered 'bright'. At the age of 9, his teachers sought to place him in a class for mentally challenged children as his behaviour became disruptive. When he was 17, a guidance counsellor suggested to Goosen that he abandon his music career.

In 1963, Goosen was expelled from boarding school after being caught in a bath playing guitar and smoking. His guitar was confiscated and its case filled with bricks. Despite this, Goosen persevered and formed his high school's first rock band that same year.[2]


Goosen is noted for two films for which he wrote music and directed: 'n Brief vir Simone (1980)and Sing vir die Harlekyn (1980).[3]



  • "Trompie" (1980) Theme from the TV Series 'Trompie'
  • "Boy Van Die Suburbs" (1981)
  • "'n Brief Vir Simone" (1981) Theme from the film of the same name
  • "Deurdruk Dag Toe" (1981)
  • "Baai Baai Bokkie" (1983)


  • Anton Sing (1972)
  • Boy Van Die Suburbs (1979)
  • 2de Laan 58 (1980)
  • Liedjieboer (1980)
  • Jors Troelie (1981)
  • Lappiesland (1985)
  • Liedjieboer In Die Stad/City (1986)
  • Winde Van Verandering (1988)
  • Danzer (1992)
  • Riviersonderend - 21 Greatest Hits (1994)
  • Bushrock (Of A White Kaffir In Africa) (1996)
  • Putonnerwater (1999)
  • 'n Vis Innie Bos (2001)
  • Anton en Vrinne Live in die Staatsteater 2003
  • Die Groen Blomme-projek 2005
  • 33 A-sides (Grootste treffers) 2008
  • 33 B-sides (getye van verandering) 2008
  • 33 Sea-sides (om te rock 'n roll) 2008

Appears On[edit]

  • Muses Op Besoek
  • Alternatief Op Sy Beste
  • Glenys Lynn Treffers
  • Jy Is My Liefling
  • Houtstok Rockfees
  • Die Beste Afrikaanse Album
  • Om Te Breyten
  • Geraas Musiek Toekennings
  • Vloek Van Die Kitaar


Year Award Category
1979 Sarie Award Best composition for Kruidjie-Roer-My-Nie
1979 Sarie Award Best Singer of the Year[4]
1999 ATKV Contribution to Afrikaans music DECLINED
2001 Geraas Lifelong contribution to Afrikaans music
2001 SAMA Album of the year for Om te Breyten
2003 SAMA Best Afrikaans album of the year for Vis innie bos
2005 Vonk Oskar for Groen Blomme
2006 Volksblad Artist of the year
2009 Academy of Arts and Science Centenary Medal
2009 SAMA Lifetime achievement award
2010 ATKV East Pretoria Songwriting award
2011 Voortrekkers Medal of Honour
2013 Inniebos Contribution to Afrikaans music


  1. ^ "Q&A: Anton Goosen". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
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  4. ^ Albert, Don (3 November 1979). "S. Africa's Sarie to Smith". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. p. 76. 

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